Category: Forensic Medicine and Pathology

Hot Topics: Oral Bacteria Can Help Determine Time of Death

Jackie Werner Forensic Medicine and Pathology, Hot Topics in Research

Dynamics of the oral microbiota as a tool to estimate time since death Adserias-Garriga J, Quijada NM, Hernandez M, Rodríguez Lázaro D, Steadman D, Garcia-Gil L. Dynamics of the oral microbiota as a tool to estimate time since death. Mol Oral Microbiol. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/omi.12191. The oral cavity harbors one of the most diverse microbiomes in the human body. It has been shown to be the second most complex in the body after the gastrointestinal tract. Upon death, the indigenous microorganisms lead to the decomposition of the carcass. Therefore, the oral cavity and gastrointestinal tract microbiomes play a key role in human decomposition. The…